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5 Reasons to Hug a Tree (or Buy a Home on a Leafy Street)

Kay Severinsen
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The City of Chicago just announced it will plant 6,260 trees by the end of October —800 more than originally planned. That's good news for city dwellers who like breathing air, saving on air conditioning bills, driving on unflooded streets and having fewer ozone days.

#1 Green Megatrend for 2012: Green Building Rebound

Mark.Miles
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There wasn’t much activity in green building last year. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project growth was only 3% for 2011. But this year the eco-construction sector of real estate is expected to show a noticeable recovery, especially where it involves retrofitting existing buildings with new…

Money-Saving Tips to Keep Your Home Cool

Mark.Miles
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Temperatures in Chicago are starting to creep up again. And, so are those energy bills. . . unless you use these 9 easy ways to help lower home cooling costs this summer. Tip 1: Keep the shades drawn during the day Especially in rooms that get direct sunlight,…

MSI Smart Home Features Smart Interior Design Ideas

Mark.Miles
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A new profile about “Chicago’s greenest home” was published in Inman News this week, written by Mary Umberger, a longtime follower of the local housing market and reporter of Chicago real estate stories. In her latest piece, she delves into the world of state-of-the-art gadgetry and ground-breaking green construction with…

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Green Renovations Amp Up A Home's Market Appeal

Mark.Miles
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Highlighting your home’s green features can help you stand out from the competition in the home selling process. Right along with a home’s traditional selling points like granite countertops or a luxury master suite, talking about the sustainable, energy-saving features of your home might really appeal to buyers…

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2010 Greenbuild Expo in Chicago Nov. 17-19

Mark.Miles
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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo has returned to Chicago and it’s bigger and better than ever. This year’s schedule includes a Residential Summit, Affordable Housing Summit, LEED workshops, and a number of educational sessions. The event is being held next week in McCormick Place’s enormous West exposition hall,…

Green Prefab Homes in Chicago

Mark.Miles
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Prefab construction is a well-known alternative to traditional building that can really cut the cost of a brand new home. It relies on pre-manufactured materials and modular designs created in bulk to trim down expenses and reduce waste. Green prefab incorporates energy-saving mechanicals, renewable elements and other eco-friendly…

PACE Bonds to Help Green Homes

Mark.Miles
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Today’s Green Tip from Dream Town: Property Assessed Clean Energy Bonds or PACE Bonds One of the main challenges the green movement faces is retrofitting existing homes with more energy efficient (i.e. more green) upgrades. With many homeowners doing all they can to pay the mortgage and stay…

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Green Tip: What is Your Chicago Home’s R Factor?

Mark.Miles
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Today’s Green Tip has to do with a term that’s been around for awhile, but has recently popped up more often as the Green Movement picks up steam. To put it simply, “R Factor” or “R Value” is a rating for the insulation in your home. Your floor…

Are There Tax Incentives for Green Homes?

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At Dream Town we realize the value of all things Green. We are always on the lookout for green incentives and tips we can pass along to further the cause. An excellent place to start is the website for Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)…